First Batch of Filipino Construction Workers Arrive in Singapore

The first group of Filipino construction workers recruited from the Philippines has arrived in Singapore.

The initial batch of nine, expected to start work on March 17, have acquired the necessary skills and completed training and tests in the Philippines. They are recruited by Yang Seng Engineering and came from various locations in the country.

Singapore ConstructionJonathan Boado, a Filipino construction worker, said: “I want to work here together with all these other people, to my best ability. I will (bear) in… mind (that) I want to help my parents because we are poor people in my country.”

While there are already plenty of foreign construction workers in Singapore, language skill is an advantage of the newcomers in the industry.

oh Kwong Quee, assistant general manager at Yang Seng Engineering, said: “Language proficiency wise, I think they are better — they can understand well because they speak English well…

“The other non-traditional source workers, they are not really well educated, so sometimes when communicating with them, we found some difficulty.”

Yang Seng Engineering has agreed to give the Filipino workers a food allowance of S$100. This is on top of their salary of about S$800 per month, or S$30 a day.

The Filipinos will complement the construction manpower in Singapore — who are mainly from China, India and Bangladesh.